Thursday, July 21, 2011

Courage Conference

Courage, the counselling service for homosexuals and lesbians who struggle to live a chaste life, is holding a conference in Illinois, from 4 to 7 August next.    The conference is dedicated to the memory of Fr. John Harvey, the founder of the organisation.  Among those taking part in the conference, and who will address the participants, are Cardinal Raymond Burke, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Fr. Jeffrey Keefe, Fr. Paul Scalia, Sean Stevens, Ph.D., and others.

During the year, Courage holds clergy study conference days.  At these study days the question of same-sex attraction is addressed from four perspectives – theological anthropology (the natural moral law and Church teaching on homosexuality); psychological sciences (presented by an MD or PhD who works with Courage); a witness talk (a testimonial by a Courage member); and a talk specifically about the Courage organisation itself.

Fr. Paul Check, the Director of Courage, says that he believes,  
 ‘as Fr. Harvey did, that the testimonials of our members are among the most powerful means the Church has to engage the world in a complex, controversial but very personal discussion, and to bring the light of truth and the grace of peace to many minds and hearts.  Please pray for Our Lord’s guidance and Our Lady’s mantle of charity, purity, and humility.’

In Europe, too, we urgently need such action, and prayer, to counteract the proliferation and the spread of the homosexual movement’s many activities.